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2013 Kitchen Appliances to Make Your Life Easier

Life is busy.  With work, school, sports, family, friends and events there is always somewhere to go and something to do.  With tight schedules, don’t waste time working with old appliances.  Technology has grown leaps and bounds since Mom bought her first washing machine. You can replace your kitchen appliances and increase the time you have to do the things you love.

 

Here are some new kitchen appliances that will make your life easier:  Appliances

 

  • Full-Surface Induction Cooktop.  The chef in your family will love cooking on this surface.  It is ideal for people that cook more complicated dishes or have a large family.  There is no wasted space, and you are able to place more pans on the surface.  It also looks really cool with its sleek, modern surface.
  • Smart Fridge.  Technology has evolved so quickly that you can now have a refrigerator keep track of what groceries you need.  One manufacturer is even using LG technology to have your fridge recommend recipes based on the contents of your fridge and families age, weight, and health goals.
  • LG Oven with Smart ThinQ.  This new technology allows you to monitor your range remotely and has robust self cleaning features that make cleaning a breeze.
  • Discovery Wall Oven by Dacor.  This oven is perfect for busy families.  It uses Android technology and has a built in tablet that syncs to an app.  You can select your favorite recipes, tell it the weight of your dish, and the oven will make sure the temperature is perfect for cooking it.  For example if you are cooking the Thanksgiving turkey you simply tell the oven the weight of the bird and it will tell you how long it needs to cook, sending you a text message when it is done.  No more guess work!  It even turns the heat to warm if you don’t take it out in time.

 

You can turn your kitchen into a chef’s dream.  Even the most novice of cooks can benefit from using modern technology in the kitchen.  Your meals will be easier to make.  You will also spend less time in the kitchen when incorporating new appliances into your home remodel.  Call us at Cipriani Remodeling Solutions to learn how we can give you the kitchen of your dreams.

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The Best Kitchen Ideas Ever

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Have you ever noticed how much time you spend in the kitchen?  Cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner are a serious commitment.  The larger your family is – the more time you will spend in this area of the house.  After you’re done cooking there is clean up and the cycle continues.  Many people will spend over two hours in the kitchen every day!  On top of that kitchens are often a gathering place, homework spot, and conversational hub.  With so much activity being centered around your home kitchen, we have gathered our favorite ideas for making your kitchen more functional and comfortable.

 

Here are the best kitchen ideas ever:

 

  • Countertops.  Have countertops installed that allow you to prep food on top of them.  Consider installing a butcher blog or stainless steel so that you can avoid pulling out the cutting board.  This one extra step takes time, so go around it.
  • Pull out cabinets.  It can be hard to find things that are buried inside of your cabinets.  When making a new dinner dish that creates more time for you to hunt for spices or the right utensil.  Solve this problem with pull out cabinets that make it easy to see everything.
  • Island with two levels.  We can create a custom island for your family that is full of storage solutions, a prep sink, and two levels.  By creating a second, higher, level than the cooking area you can have a built in space for guests.  This lets kids do homework next to you without it getting wet from dishes or stained from dinner prep.  We can even install outlets so you can charge phones, laptops, and iPads.
  • Cathedral ceilings. Many people think cathedral ceilings are only for the formal living room or great room.  Having high ceilings in your kitchen is a fantastic way to open up the space, let light in, and creates an open airy feel.  If your home is small, and the lot won’t allow for expansion, opening the ceiling can create a sense of space without actually increasing it.
  • Commercial hood.  There are so many sleek designs available now for modern looking hoods.  By installing a commercial grade hood you can keep the house smelling fresh, rather than smelling like dinner.  This is important for kitchens that open onto a great room.
  • Glass cabinets.  By replacing wood front cabinets with glass you can always see what dishes are where.  This is great for families that want kids to help out.  Instead of hunting for the plates, they can be easily found.
  • Trash and recycling chutes.  We can install hidden garbage chutes that make throwing out the trash easier than ever.
  • Appliances.  Buy new appliances!  They make your life easier by cooking food faster and more evenly.  We can recommend a variety of appliances for how your family lives.

 

At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we have been renovating kitchens for over 35 years.  We can turn your kitchen into a dream space that is highly functional for your family.

 

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Environmentally Friendly Remodeling Ideas

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Home owners concerned about the environment can make their home more eco-friendly through creative design ideas.  Modern technology has made it possible to reduce the carbon footprint of your home in ways that are beautiful and functional.  Previously it was expensive to “go green”, making it difficult for home owners wanting to make environmentally friendly design decisions.  Prices have reached a point where you can buy products that are better for the environment without blowing your budget.

 

Here are our top environmentally friendly remodeling ideas:

 

  • Solar.  Solar panels are an excellent way to generate electricity, and with state and company financing incentives it is possible to lease solar panels with little or no money down.  Those that suffered from Hurricane Sandy remember what it was like to go without electricity.  Solar panels can generate energy to run your home and generators so that you can have heat and lights in an emergency.
  • Bamboo.  We can replace your existing flooring with bamboo.  This type of wood flooring is beautiful, durable, and sustainable because it grows so quickly.
  • Recycled Countertops.  Glass countertops can be stunning, especially when used in small spaces.  Several manufacturers are making them from recycled material that will give your counter a 100% custom look.
  • New Windows.  Keep the summer heat out and the winter heat in by having new windows installed.  This will reduce the amount of energy you use and improve the overall look and feel of your home.
  • Reuse Materials.  You can find gorgeous materials that were previously in buildings that were remodeled or torn down.  For example, an old barn door gives your room a creative look that is unique and fun.  Crown molding from historic buildings can look fantastic in your living room, and wide planked wood floors add historic charm to your kitchen.

 

If you are looking for design ideas on how you can make your home more environmentally friendly give us a call.  Our team at Cipriani Remodeling Solutions will pay attention to every detail and identify ways for you to “go green” while keeping your home beautiful and functional.

 

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Easy Remodeling Ideas for Fall

Easy Remodeling Ideas for Fall

 

 

 

 

The kids are back in school, and the cool of fall is in the air.  This is an excellent time to tackle some basic home remodeling projects.  You can freshen up your space, making it look new again, with a complete home remodel or small and subtle changes.  Sometimes the little things like changing the bathroom fixtures or replacing the kitchen counters can make a world of difference.  With the holidays right around the corner you can get your home ready for company by starting your remodeling project now.

 

Here are some easy remodeling ideas for fall:

 

  • Build a window bench with built-in storage.  Cool fall and winter evenings are the perfect time to get cozy with a good book.  Create a warm and comfortable reading nook by building a window bench with storage.  Use soft cushions and pillows to make it even cozier.
  • Custom tile work. You can add character to your bathroom or kitchen with custom tile work. This is an excellent way to showcase your personality and incorporate your favorite colors.  We can install a custom tile backsplash that will make your room pop.
  • Replace your doors.  Swapping out your old doors for news ones is an easy way to make your home look newer.  Doors are often neglected and can go decades without being changed.  This inexpensive and quick solution will freshen up your space.
  • Lighting.  Dark rooms can be depressing.  Soon winter will arrive and with it shorter days and less natural light.  Make sure you home has all the light it needs through clever lighting solutions.  We can analyze your rooms and make recommendations that enhance your home.
  • Staircase.  Your staircase doesn’t have to be made of single pattern poles in a solid color.  You can turn your staircase into a show stopping design element by utilizing multiple colors, custom banisters, and wooden patterns build right in.
  • Fireplace.  Turn a boring fireplace into a destination.  We can use natural stone and elegant materials to make your fireplace the centerpiece of your family room with built in seating.
  • Install a bar.  You can turn your family room into the gathering spot by installing a bar complete with a sink, refrigerator, dishwasher, and storage.  You can throw parties all year round.  No matter how cold it gets outside you can have hours of fun indoors.  This is an easy way to make your home an entertainment destination.

 

Remodel your home this fall so that you can enjoy spending time indoors this winter.  Simple changes can make a significant difference in how comfortable and functional your home is.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we have been helping home owners for decades.  Let us show you how we can turn your home into a destination you and your family will never want to leave.

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Give Your Bathroom Coastal Charm

Coastal Charm

 

Summer may be winding to a close, but you can have a day at the beach year round by giving your bathroom coastal charm. Bright whites and shades of blue give your bathroom a clean and elegant look with a laid back vibe.  This bathroom style can compliment many home styles from traditional to Cape Cod, colonial and cottage styles.  Since bathrooms are typically the smallest room in your home they are a fantastic way to make a design impact on a limited budget.

 

Use these ideas to add coastal charm to your bathroom or powder room:

 

  • White.  Bright white looks clean and refreshing.  It can conjure up images of freshly cleaned laundry blowing on the line and white sandy beaches.  Paint your cabinets bright white and have white beadboard installed on your walls for a modern, country look.   Accentuate with white trimmed mirrors and towels.
  • Beadboard.  White beadboard will make your paint color pop.  You can also use a natural wood color that is reminiscent of golden sand or rustic fences lining the beach.
  • Molding.  Install molding with a substantial ledge all the way around your bathroom.  You can place shells and see stars along the ledge to compliment the beach theme.  You can even place your favorite family beach shots along the ledge in black and white for a stunning contrast.
  • Blue.  A beach theme is not complete without contrasting blue color.  Paint the top portion of your walls your favorite shade of blue to remind you of the ocean, sky, and the morning sunshine.
  • Mosaic Tile Backsplash.  Your bathroom can turn into a show stopper with a custom mosaic tile backsplash.  Glass tiles add to the beach feel, and you can select ones that resemble the beautiful blues and greens found in sea glass.
  • Flooring.  Natural stone tile or wide planked wood floors work well in a coastal bathroom.  By using natural tones found in nature, you can conjure up images of a sandy beach.
  • Radiant Heating.  Install radiant in floor heating to keep you warm on cold winter mornings.  This is an excellent way to heat your space and environmentally friendly.
  • Skylight.  Coastal design requires an abundance of natural light.  We can install a skylight in your bathroom to add light while maintaining your privacy.  Another option is to install a large privacy window.
  • Fixtures.  Replacing your bathroom fixtures can make a big difference in its overall look and feel.  Install brushed silver or nickel to compliment your beach look.

 

Whether you are looking to do a full remodel of your bathrooms, or simply update them for a fresh look – we can help.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we can take your design ideas and turn them into a reality.  Call us today to learn how we can transform your home into something extraordinary.

 

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Making Room for Mom – Home Additions for When Parents Come Home

Making Room for MOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our population is aging and as mom and dad grow older it is becoming more common for baby boomers to invite them home.  You basically have two options: place parents in an assisted living facility or care for them inside of your home.   Inviting your parents to live with you creates its own set of challenges.  How do you preserve privacy for yourself and for them? Both of you are adults, set in your ways, and not likely to change.  The best solution is a home addition that allows for independent living.  You can be in the same house while maintaining privacy.

 

In addition to the standard mother-in-law cottage here are remodeling solutions you can use.

 

Garage Apartments

 

The space above your garage is often underutilized.  By installing a fully functional apartment above your garage, mom can have her own living quarters next to your main house.  We recommend installing a small kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room in addition to a living and dining space.  This can all be accomplished above the standard two car garage.

 

Some of the benefits of a garage apartment are:

 

  • The exterior can blend in with the existing house for a customized, beautiful look.
  • Your parents can have a separate entrance for additional privacy.
  • An elevator can be installed inside the garage for increased safety.
  • This is a completely separate living space that is adjacent to your home.

 

 

Basement Apartment

If you have an existing basement you can finish it off to become a comfortable apartment.  By adding a kitchen, laundry room, and full bathroom it can easily turn into a comfortable living space for elderly parents.  This is an easy transformation for families that had a basement playroom for kids that have since moved out of the house.

 

Benefits of a basement apartment:

 

  • Easy transformation that doesn’t disturb your main living space.
  • Privacy with separation from your main living quarters.
  • Easy to get to your parents if they need you for any reason.
  • You can have a separate entrance installed, if there isn’t one already.

 

Guest Suite within Your Home

 

We can review the existing footprint of your home and identify ways to create a private guest suite.  Your new guest suite can be a beautiful and private space.  We can extend the existing footprint of your home, or combine existing rooms to create a single space.  When designing a suite for your parents include a separate living area for the couch and television.  We can also install a stand up washer/dryer unit in the closet for added convenience and privacy. This is an ideal solution when your parents have medical needs that require additional attention.

 

Benefits of a guest suite:

 

  • You can stay in close proximity to your parents if they need additional assistance.
  • This is an ideal solution when your parents are living with you part of the time and with other siblings part of the time.

 

At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we can remodel your home to create spaces that are perfect for your family.  Whether it’s making space for mom or installing your dream kitchen – we can help.

 

 

 

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Cool Design Ideas for Under the Stairs

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Houses with stairs often have wasted space.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions we identify ways for homeowners to maximize their space and get more out of their existing footprint.  There are a variety of ways you can use the space under your stairs to create comfortable and cozy spaces.

 

Here are cool design ideas for under your stairs:

 

  • Office Space. The nook under your stairs is a perfect spot for installing an L shaped desk.  We can design one that is customized for your exact space with built in file storage, electrical outlets, and lighting.  This can become a good homework spot, place to do bills, or a spot for the kids computer to go while being in eye sight of the grownups.
  • Reading Nook.  Curl up with a good book and relax a little.  We can create a reading nook that is warm and cozy with built in lounge type seating with book storage underneath it.  By installing reading lamp this can quickly become a favorite place to unwind.
  • Playhouse.  Create a magical space for your children to play with an under the stairs playhouse.  It can look like the entrance to a real home with a window, door, and shingles.  Let their imagination soar with this one of a kind play space.
  • Dog House.  Fido needs a cozy place too!  Install a warm, cozy space for your favorite pet to take naps and play.
  • Storage.  Everyone can use more storage and we can build in closets, drawers, cubbies and more – directly under your stairs.
  • Entertainment Center.  If your stairs lead directly into the living space where you watch television, consider installing your entertainment center directly under the stairs.  This takes the concepts of “built-ins” to a whole new level by not taking up any additional floor space.
  • Wine Cellar.  Create a gorgeous wine cellar to hold your favorite bottles.

 

We can help you to maximize each area of your home.  By using innovative ideas you can increase your living space without expanding the footprint of your home.  At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we have been renovating homes for over 35 years.  Call us to learn how we can transform your home into something amazing.